|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|John Dryden. (16311700)|
| Above any Greek or Roman name. 1|
| Upon the Death of Lord Hastings. Line 76.|
| And threatning France, placd like a painted Jove,|
Kept idle thunder in his lifted hand.
| Annus Mirabilis. Stanza 39.|
| Whateer he did was done with so much ease,|
In him alone t was natural to please.
| Absalom and Achitophel. Part i. Line 27.|
| A fiery soul, which, working out its way,|
Fretted the pygmy-body to decay,
And oer-informd the tenement of clay. 2
A daring pilot in extremity;
Pleasd with the danger, when the waves went high
He sought the storms.
| Absalom and Achitophel. Part i. Line 156.|
| Great wits are sure to madness near allied,|
And thin partitions do their bounds divide. 3
| Absalom and Achitophel. Part i. Line 163.|
| And all to leave what with his toil he won|
To that unfeatherd two-legged thing, a son.
| Absalom and Achitophel. Part i. Line 169.|
| Resolvd to ruin or to rule the state.|
| Absalom and Achitophel. Part i. Line 174.|
| And heaven had wanted one immortal song.|
| Absalom and Achitophel. Part i. Line 197.|
| But wild Ambition loves to slide, not stand,|
And Fortunes ice prefers to Virtues land. 4
| Absalom and Achitophel. Part i. Line 198.|
Above all Greek, above all Roman fame.Alexander Pope: epistle i. book ii. line 26. [back]
See Fuller, Quotation 2. [back]
No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.Aristotle: Problem, sect. 30.
Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiæ (There is no great genius without a tincture of madness).Seneca: De Tranquillitate Animi, 15.
What thin partitions sense from thought divide!Alexander Pope: Essay on Man, epistle i. line 226. [back]
Greatnesse on Goodnesse loves to slide, not stand,
And leaves, for Fortunes ice, Vertues ferme land.
Knolles: History (under a portrait of Mustapha I.) [back]